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'Transparency needed in sustainable textile supply chain'
Jul '13
With the increase in demand for sustainable textile and clothing products by consumers, several brands, retailers and manufactures are adopting sustainable textile production process. However, in order to achieve transparency in sustainable textile supply chain, it is important to balance between financial and social factors.

“It is very difficult to define what is more sustainable in textiles and in order to achieve transparency in sustainable textile supply chain, it is very important to have clear calculation about the cost and there must be profit in the system since it is hard to focus social and environmental factors without proper financial balancing,” said Mr. Jorg Diekmann, director of international sales at Hohenstein Institute, Germany, in an interview with fibre2fashion.

Talking about the increasing demand for sustainable products in the market, he says, “Nowadays, consumers not only want high-quality textiles which are harmless to health, but also consider an environmentally friendly and socially responsible production of the products they buy to be increasingly important.”

“The textile and clothing makers, retailers and brands need to set common goals and find common solutions in order to achieve transparency in textile supply chain,” he opines.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels, CEO of Hohenstein Institute and Mr. Diekmann were in India to address Hohenstein Information seminars on ‘How to achieve sustainability in the textile/apparels supply chain?’, as well as to present the latest launch information on the new Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certification by OEKO-TEX.

STeP is an audit based assessment against transparent criteria and methods to assess sustainable, environmental friendly as well as socially responsible textiles and apparel facilities.

When asked about the significance of STeP, Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecheels said, “STeP is the one comprehensive standard exclusively made for the textiles and apparel industry, it is going to serve as a transparent tool to the producer, buyer as well as the consumer to meet the sustainability obligations.”

The Indian subsidiary of Hohenstein Institute, Germany, is the official representative for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 certification in India.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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